But Is It Big Enough?
The bus station that closed in September 2022 was certainly big enough. This was helped by a significant reduction in the number of services that use it now compared with its earlier life.
The minibus craze saw buses every 10 minutes on each route to Tesco and Binstead.
Frequencies were cut back as the minibus craze was found to be less of a money spinner than its proponents believed! But now Tesco is served by a slight diversion off the main road routes via Sandown and Shanklin, the 2 and 3. Binstead has just an hourly circular 37 which also incorporates the former half hourly service to Haylands.
Service 8 to Bembridge and beyond is now every hour whereas it once rose to the heady heights of every 15 minutes. Half hourly was a later norm.
East Cowes 4 remains half hourly and the main routes to Newport (9) combine to run every ten minutes. To allow for layover, they were allocated TWO stands in the old bus station.
... which had its origins in fbb's Westbrook Travel route 88 ...
The new bus station, nearing completion, is very different from it's predecessor. By pinching a bit of land from the Western Gardens, room has been found for kerbside stands in a graceful arc off the Esplanade Here is the original plan.
But the one positive of this plan is shown bottom right.
For countless generation, buses leaving via the town centre have had to trail along the Esplanade and U-turn at the end of Dover street (the pale yellow road - map centre right) before turning up George Street.
But the designers have had a second "go" at the plans.
They will have less of the Western Gardens to look after having removed a good slice of the flower beds ...
Of which more in due course,
IF the bus station is well maintained; and IF the signage and timetable information is good; and IF the enquiry office is fully staffed; and IF there is enough room for efficient operation; this should represent an improvement in safety, attractiveness and accessibility for public transport.
Unlikely! Designers are always over-optimistic!
But tomorrow fbb will review this stunning development in public transport information.not even on-line!
First Bus New Liveries In Bristol?
How about deploying man with bucket, water and mop at layover points. Then bottom deck passengers (the only deck on one of them!) might be able to see where they are going.
Next Timetable book blog : Wednesday 8th February
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